Advancing the Human Rights of Women

Using International Human Rights Standards in Domestic Litigation

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This publication contains papers presented by judges, academics, lawyers and representatives of international and non-governmental organisations at the Asia/South Pacific regional judicial colloquium for senior judges on the domestic application of international human rights norms relevant to the human rights of women. It provides an overview of the applicable international standards, examines the challenges involved in promoting the human rights of women and girls in domestic litigation, and explores the ways in which international human rights norms can be relied on in domestic litigation to achieve that goal.




The majority of Commonwealth countries are parties to general international and regional human rights standards, and to the specific international norms on the human rights of women and the girl-child. Judges are well placed to provide leadership in advancing gender interests, and to translate the commitments of governments into reality by referring to these international standards. These human rights standards can inform decision-making in litigation at all levels whether or not they have been incorporated into domestic legislation.


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